Monday, June 5, 2017

Blog Tour: Weird and Wonderful by Cece Barlow @BarlowCece @yaboundtourspr

Weird and Wonderful
by Cece Barlow
Genre: YA Contemporary Fiction
Release Date: February 13th 2017

Summary from Goodreads:

Gin Autry must finish the last semester of high school in eclectic Austin with her hippie grandmother while Gin’s brother waits for heart surgery in Houston.

Instability reigns, but Gin uses the principles of feng shui to find balance and send positive energy to her brother. She also secretly hopes her voice-over actress dream will advance and true love will show up.

Instead, she falls for the wrong guy and clings to the wrong dream. Nothing in Gin’s life is balanced, but when death threatens her brother, she discovers true balance is about listening, compromise, and the guy in the friend zone.  

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In Weird and Wonderful, Gin has a major crush but he's only got eyes for her sister Brandy:

[Without opening his eyes, he pulled me into the hammock on top of him with surprising force and began kissing me.

"Mi cariña," he mumbled.

I tried to ease away from him, but he anchored me to him with hands on my butt. Hard. His tongue prodded at my lips, and I couldn't help my curiosity. I kissed him back. Our legs tangled together, and the hammock swung as his hands traced up my sides to the curves of my breasts.

"Ah, Brandy, so soft, so soft," he said, and I froze.

Did he think I was Brandy? I pulled away from him.

"Brandy, Brandy," he repeated, his grip tightened.

He did think I was Brandy! What? What! I struggled to free myself. Jesús struggled too. The hammock began shifting widely. We grew more and more entangled with each other.

"Let me go, Jesús," I demanded.

Finally, he opened his eyes. "You're not Brandy!"

No, I was not.

We flailed in the hammock, but there was nothing to hold onto. Suddenly, we flipped onto the roots and grass on the ground below.

I landed on bottom with Jesús on top in a classic anime boob fall. His face was pillowed between my breasts. I shoved at his head, but he didn't move. I gazed down my nose.

His eyes looked up my throat. His forehead blushed scarlet. "Madre de Dios!"

And the Father, the Son, and Holy Ghost! I thought.]

Guest Post:

What kind of research do you do before you start writing a book and how much time to do you spend researching?

I spend hundreds of hours researching. That's just the way it goes. Here are some highlights:

Watched over 200 hours of Crunchy Roll and Netflix anime episodes.

Walked the streets of Austin where Gin lives.

Tried out several downtown Austin restaurants.

Went to clubs on Sixth Street in Austin.

Read several books and watched some movies about voice over work.

Interviewed a filmmaker to make sure my film student made sense.

Interviewed parents with children who have heart defects.

Watched hours of sugar glider YouTube videos and also read books about sugar gliders.

Followed the career of up and coming singer/songwriter Jeff Whitehead.

Practiced flipping out of a hammock. 

About the Author
Cece Barlow writes books for young adults and the young at heart. She's a a dash of fun, mixed in with some smart cookie and a splash of capable. She started her first fan fiction group in junior high and never stopped writing. Today, she writes about girls with lofty dreams and about the absolute craziness of falling in love. 

When Cece's not writing, she curls up with a book, heads to a popcorn blockbuster, or kicks back to watch shooting stars. If she sees the moon in the daytime, she thinks she's lucky. 

Cece lives in College Station, Texas with her college sweetheart Tim and two cats - one evil and one good.

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Audrey Stewart said...

I loved your bio about your cats. I enjoyed what I have read so far, and am looking forward to reading this book.

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